The 2019 Irish Rowing Championships will take place from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th of July 2019, with 1,224 entries making it the biggest year yet.
More than 2000 athletes representing over 60 clubs from all four provinces will travel to the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Cork this weekend for the highlight of the Rowing Ireland domestic calendar. Entries have increased from 1,127 to 1,224 crews.
“This year’s Irish Rowing Championships will be the biggest in the history of Irish rowing and the committee has been working hard to ensure that everything is in place to make it a fantastic weekend of racing,” Mrs. Michelle Carpenter, CEO Rowing Ireland said.
The Championship’s Committee Secretary Kieran Kerr has said that the big final to watch out for is the Men’s and Women’s Senior 8+ race which take place on Sunday with the Women’s blue ribbon event at 6.00pm and Men’s final following shortly afterwards at 6.20pm. There are five women’s senior eights and 9 men’s senior eights including no less than 4 eights from UCD in the event. Commercial Rowing Club’s Men’s Senior 8 were the first Irish crew to make it to the Saturday finals at Henley since 1998 and are the ones to watch this weekend. There is also a strong composite crew from Castleconnell Boat Club and Shandon Boat Club which include Castleconnell’s Shane Haugh and Fionan Crowley.
There will be an exciting battle of the Coupe de la Jeunesse girls in the Junior Women’s single sculls between Belfast Boat Clubs Lucy McCoy, Carlow Rowing Club’s Sadhbh Scully, and Lee Rowing Club’s Aoife Lynch. This final will take place on 1.40pm on Saturday.
The Junior 16 Men’s race will be the biggest ever race in Irish history with 71 entries. This is a great sign for the future of Irish rowing.
Another athlete to watch is Grace Healy who will be racing the in Women’s Junior Quad for Commercial Rowing Club. Grace started her rowing journey on the Get Going…Get Rowing Programme which was in her school Dominican College, Griffith Avenu and has progressed rapidly since beginning through the highly successful schools participation program.
Racing will take place each day from 8.30am-6pm Friday, 8am-7pm approx. on Saturday and Sunday.
All of us at Rowing Ireland would like to congratulate all athletes, coaches and volunteers on the hard work and dedication they have put in in the run up to Championships and wish everyone the best of luck in their heats and finals.